This morning I am working on Day 2 Greener Cleaning Kitchen Challenge: How I Clean My Stove top with Natural Cleaners, Woot Woot!
This morning I picked up on my second Eco-Green Kitchen Cleaning Challenge. I picked up some handy dandy tips (from the world wide web) for cleaning glass tops which I will pass onto all of you, as well as a wonderfully smelling green “concoction” that left me feeling great and dancing around my kitchen to “beautiful girl” and all I kept thinking was “beautiful stove top!” lol
8 Ways to a mean green and clean dancin machine cook top!
1. Verify that the cooking surface has cooled down before attempting to clean it. Monitor the “hot surface” light feature on your stove.
2. Wipe and clean the glass top with hot soapy water or a mild, non-abrasive cleanser with a damp cloth or sponge as soon as possible once the cook top has cooled down. For more of an elbow cleaning kind of day try the concoction below to get up old grease and grime!
3. Clean the glass top cooking surface after every meal so food does not become baked on and stuck on the next time you cook. You’ll really regret cooking with a dirty stove.
4. Soak heavy, sticky spills such as candy, jellies, syrup and sauces, as soon as possible. Hot water will help soften the spill.
5. Use a scraper made specifically for glass top stoves to help lift and scrape away stubborn spills, being careful to not scratch the surface. Continue to clean the entire cooking surface using a mild, non abrasive cleaner (baking soda is the green abrasive!) and a damp cloth or sponge.
6. Try the cleaning concoction below! This will become your best friend for cleaning white film, metal specks from the bottom of your pots, heavy soils marks, dark streaks and any other strange discolorations that may appear. As well as glass tops!
7. Remember that your glass top stove is not a new counter top. Avoid placing objects on it,such as plastic bags, that may accidentally melt or adhere to the surface if it is still hot. Be sure to monitor the “hot surface” light before setting anything on it.
8. Use gloves! Baking soda will take a toll on your hands.
What You’ll Need:
Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) A deodorizer and gentle scrub; softens hard water, removes acidic stains, and polishes shiny surfaces like stainless steel without scratching
Plant-based liquid soap Gentle soap made with oils such as olive (“Castile soap”), palm, and coconut, rather than petroleum derivatives or animal fat
Essential oils Aromatic plant oils; some, including eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree, are natural disinfectants and antifungals. Pure essential oils can irritate eyes and skin upon contact, so handle carefully
Basic Soft Scrubber Formula:
1/2 cup baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frosting-like consistency (see note, below)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree oil, or rosemary (optional)which I just happened to have picked up when I visited Canyon Ranch last summer. Yay for aromatherapy cleaning!
Pour the baking soda in a bowl
Slowly pour in the liquid soap or detergent, stirring all the while, until the consistency reaches that of frosting.
Add in lavender or tea tree oil, mix together, be prepared to be whisked into stress free feeling cleaning my friends!
Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse, and don’t forget to throw yourself into the rubbing and scrubbing!
Note: If you have hard water, you will want to choose a liquid detergent instead of a liquid soap. Most health food stores offer all-purpose liquid detergents and soaps. These are the best choices because they include no synthetic perfumes and dyes, and tend to be the most concentrated.
Also, use gloves! Silly me didn’t and the baking soda and tea tree oil did a little number on my hands..
I left the cleaner on the stove top for about 5 minutes to harden a bit and then came back with my little rag, cranked up my little music box and started to burn some serious calories scrubbing. It was elbow grease time; I wanted to see if I could really make this sparkle and impress the old hubby! So circle, circle, rinse, repeat with a few little dance moves mixed in and after about 15 minutes I was done. Oh my goodness, well you tell me what you think…
*only sorry you missed my mad dance/cleaning moves… maybe another time! lol
Do you dance and clean?
If you missed last weeks Challenge it was to clean the kitchen sink: Shelley vs the kitchen sink DIY style